University of Memphis
Southern Avenue
Memphis, TN 38152
(901) 678-2111
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

The University of Memphis is a public research university in Memphis, Tenn. It was originally founded in 1912 as the West Tennessee State Normal School. The school has approximately 22,000 enrolled students in its various undergraduate and graduate programs, according to College Navigator. The school operates several centers of research and study, known as the Centers of Excellence. Notable alumni are in the fields of sports, entertainment, and politics and include actress Kathy Bates and actor and U.S. Senator Fred Thompson.

Programs Offered

The University of Memphis offers a number of online programs through its eCampus division at a range of levels. Undergraduate degree programs in the arts, social sciences, education, communications, and journalism are available online. Master’s degree programs are also available in the areas of business, criminal justice, education, journalism, nursing, public health, and more. At the doctoral level, a Doctorate of Education in Higher and Adult Education is offered.


The University of Memphis has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1927. Specific colleges and programs at the University of Memphis are accredited by corresponding accrediting agencies.


University of Memphis’s application deadline for undergraduate study in the fall is July 1 for the 2013 fall semester. First-time freshmen hoping to pursue a bachelor’s degree must submit their final high school transcript, official scores from their ACT or SAT test, the application fee, and an application for admission. They also must meet the high school course requirements of four English credits, one fine arts credit, three math credits, two natural sciences credits, one U.S. history credit, one social sciences credit, and two years of foreign language. Students applying for graduate study at the University of Memphis must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Application requirements vary between programs so students should refer to their program’s website for specific application instructions.

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